Small Ways to Add Your Story to Your Home

star map

map of love story

Hey everyone! As fall approaches, I’ve been adding more and more little cozy touches throughout my home to create that “autumn” feel I love so much. Is it premature to do this since its 100 degrees out still? You betcha. But I love making a house feel like a home and there’s nothing “homier” to me than coziness.

One important way I’m adding my personal cozy touch to my living room is by incorporating David and I’s love story. How cheesy right? Wrong! Its adorable! I don’t like having a ton of photos around the house of us, so when I got this star map from Modern Map Art of the night sky the night we met, I was really excited.

David and I met in Fairfax, VA on April 15, 2015. We were able to incorporate this special day into our home with a map of how the stars looked that night in Fairfax. When the map came in the mail, I ran to Michael’s to get a frame for it before hanging it in our living room. Paired with the warmth of our leather couch, a flannel throw, and some pillows and a cup of morning coffee- the map makes it feel just like home! And home is where the heart is.

Eventually when I have more wall space and a landlord who doesn’t mind holes in the wall, I’ll probably add some black and white photos of us to go around the map! I love black and white photos in a thin gold or silver frame. It’s elegant but still personal.

If you’re looking for a good wedding or anniversary gift for someone (or yourself!) then a custom map print would be a great gift! It adds a lot of personality to any space without being over the top.

*this is a sponsored post. all opinions are my own.

Cute Fall Shoes on a Budget

Hey everyone! Even though its still 95 degrees every single day here in Dallas, I’ve been getting so excited about fall that I couldn’t resist buying a thing or two for my fall wardrobe! After work the other day, I made my way to the shoe aisle in Target and saw they had quite a few shoes marked down. I know some of them were supposed to be for their summer shoe collection, but I think they can make their way into the fall season without anyone knowing the difference!

Target Shoe Finds

I’m always on the hunt for a good deal (full price is the F-word!) so I’m really excited to share these quick fall shoe finds with you! To grab these deals, you might have to go in-store to find them as it appears online that they haven’t been marked down or they’re out of stock.

The purple velvet shoes were on sale for $6.99!

The black pointed-toe shoes were on sale for $8!

The Universal Thread pumps were on sale for $8!

I may or may not have done a happy dance and then called my mom to brag about the good deal I got. Ok I totally did. I was so excited. It’s the little things, right? These shoes are going to be super cute for work or a night out with David. I’ll be sharing how I style them soon!

*affiliate links present

 

Instagram Wear-to-Work Style Roundup

navy blue sweater

Hey lovelies! I was thinking to myself the other day that I spend more of my week in my “office” wardrobe than I do in my “regular” clothing and its crazy. When I come home from work, its off with my pencil skirt and time for PJs! I make no apologies for that. Since I work in an office and have an 8-5 job, I feel like I don’t get to post many casual outfits simply because I never get to wear them! So instead of seeing any cute little shorts today, you’ll have to enjoy my office outfits!

Shop My Look: Shoes | Cardigan | Striped Dress

j crew striped pineapple top

One of my go-to skirts is this bright blue pencil skirt that I bought probably 5 years ago. I’ll never throw it away! As classic as they are, I think pencil skirts can be really fun pieces when you buy them in bright colors! J Crew always has some in fun colors as well as New York & Company!

Shop My Look: Shoes | Striped Top | (Similar) Skirt

ombre dress

Not gonna lie, by Friday I’ve gone through most of my closet favorites and my laundry hamper is spilling over. No shame. Instead, I throw on a maxi dress and pair it with a cardigan and rock that at my office. We don’t really have a casual Friday policy, so I’ve made this dress and a few others part of my own casual Friday! Unfortunately, you can’t get this dress anymore (I bought it way back when) but my favorite monogrammed Marley Lilly tote bag is still for sale!

Also, shout out to my coworker, Darlin, for taking literally every single one of these photos! Please check out her Etsy shop for me- she makes the coolest Halloween cards!

*affiliate links present

Blooming Tea on a Rare Rainy Day in Texas

Since moving to Texas a few years ago, I’ve come to appreciate the rare rainy day we have! In Maryland, when it rained, it would rain for weeks on end. I definitely prefer the abundant sunshine Dallas has but every once in awhile its nice to curl up in bed with a cup of tea and just relax. Knowing my love of tea, Tea Bloom sent me a set of their flowering teas to steep!

If you haven’t seen a flowering tea before, you take one of the little buds out of the packaging and drop it in a tea pot and then pour hot water over it. After a few minutes, it starts to unfold and “bloom” into a flower. I unfortunately didn’t have a big enough tea pot (mine’s a cute little one from Anthropologie David’s sister gave me) so my flower didn’t quite bloom the way they normally do. You could tell the poor thing was trying to pop up all the way but without the extra water needed it had a hard time. Nonetheless, it was really neat to watch and definitely makes for a gorgeous presentation if you’re having company! Hint: Use a clear tea pot to get the full effect! 

The flavor was great too. It’s green tea but other flavor hints make their way through without being overwhelming. Tea is honestly one of the best things you can drink for your health. I find myself sipping it after I’ve eaten a large meal (or a cookie!) and need a little digestive help.

Be sure to check out Tea Bloom’s assortment of teas! They make for a great gift and with the holidays coming, I’ll be gifting this to all my tea-loving friends! Enjoy!

*Product was sent complimentary. All opinions are my own.

Peek Inside My Bedroom Featuring Brightech Lighting

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since I last blogged but turns out switching a WordPress blog from being self hosted on BlueHost back to WordPress hosting can be a total nightmare! I’m honestly still not sure if everything went ok or if my blog will disappear tomorrow. We’ll find out!

So when David and I moved into our current rental home, we realized we didn’t have near enough lighting to keep the place from being a cave at night. In our old apartment, we had ceiling fans and recessed lighting. Our current place was built in the 60’s and the light fixtures on the ceiling reflect that era. So I went searching for lights that would be incredibly bright but still look nice in my home. When Brightech reached out to me, I was excited to find that their lights were not only LED and energy efficient, but also gorgeous!!

Style Meets Function

Brightech offered to send me their Jaxon LED Floor Light and when it arrived I totally fell in love! It’s minimalist but not cold and boring. The antique brass color of the tripod legs goes so well with the rest of my bedroom!

When I was putting together my room, I wanted it to reflect my love of beautiful metals used in furniture like brass and gold. I’m not a big fan of large pieces of furniture, they make a room feel smaller in my opinion. I’ll never choose a big wooden dresser or chest unless its a family heirloom. The Jaxon lamp matched the brass buttons on my headboard and the frames above my bed beautifully.

I chose the coral quilt because it was nice contrast to the darker brass and gold colors, plus it was on sale! I couldn’t pass that up. The pillowcases I thought were just a fun pop of pattern to add a little character to my bedding although I’ll probably change them out for something more neutral. My cat Petunia is definitely a fan of this cozy space and loves every second of her day spent napping here! Her fur sister Hayley usually interrupts right around 6pm to remind her its time for noms and snuggles with David and I.

Anyway, definitely check out Brightech’s collection of light fixtures– they have one that has built in shelves I’ve been eyeing!

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My Dorm Room Favorites and a Special Announcement!

Hey everyone! I can’t believe summer is almost over! I walked into Target the other day and instead of pool floats, there were aisles of backpacks for sale. Like come on! Give me 5 more minutes to enjoy summer please. I think the only time I was ever excited to go back to school was when I was in college. Living on campus was so much fun for me and getting to stock my dorm room with cute necessities was even better! I was browsing Amazon (Prime member anyone?!) the other day and thought I’d share my must haves with my college-aged readers!

Multifunction Breakfast Center | Pink Tool Kit | Beats by Dre | Jewelry and Makeup Organizer | Relaxation Desk Sandbox | Cute Desk Lamp | I Woke Up Like This Mug | Yoga Mat | Tweed Throw Blanket | Flamingo Light | Penguin Mug

Ok so let’s talk about that desk sandbox! I had a friend who had one in her dorm room and whenever I was hanging out with her, I’d be messing with the sand and it would totally relax me. I definitely recommend getting one of these and keeping it in your dorm room!

Also, ladies- you need a toolbox! Nothing too crazy, but something that will help you fix little things here and there. They have cute ones too like the pink one above!

The Pure Company Has Launched!

So this is my super exciting announcement! I’ve been working on a big brand launch for my company and after months of hard work- we launched The Pure Company! One of the products I’m most excited about showing you is the Portable Air Purifier! It’s perfect for dorm rooms because its small, cute, and even has an aromatherapy feature!

My team and I worked really hard on marketing this product and I’d love for you to check it out! We’re a women run brand and everything is designed by women, for women! If you’re moving into a dorm this fall or just need an air purifier to take with you when you travel, this was literally made for you! Let me know what you think and be sure to check out The Pure Company’s website!

*Amazon links are affiliate which means I may make a small commission if you purchase something

I Tried Brushing with Activated Charcoal and Here’s What Happened

activated charcoal review

Hey everyone! I’m in full wedding prep mode and have been doing every physical self-improvement thing I can in order to look my best on my wedding day! I’ve been in the gym every day, watching what I eat, and taking care of my skin. One thing I’ve neglected up until recently however, is the lovely coffee stains on my teeth! When Avistar reached out to me with their charcoal teeth whitening solution, I figured I should give it a try. Here’s what I thought!

The Before & After

Genetically speaking, my teeth are not the best. Add in the fact that I’m an avid coffee drinker and BAM, I got problems! I’m always skeptical of teeth whitening solutions as they either don’t work well or hurt my gums because of how strong the chemicals are. With that said, I was really impressed with how well Avistar’s charcoal teeth whitening powder worked! The before is on the left and the after is on the right!

How to Get the Best Results

charcoal powder

Basically, its as simple as brushing your teeth! Dip your damp tooth brush into the powder and then brush for two minutes. Do this twice a day (I did it before work and then before bed!) Right away I could see results but after two weeks, my teeth were permanently whiter! Just like any beauty product though, you have to keep using it consistently to maintain the whiteness.

A great follow up product is the Avistar Activated Charcoal Mouthwash ! I rinse with this once a day and it pulls out all the “ick” in my mouth and I get a nice detoxed feeling. It’s minty without the awful taste of alcohol other mouthwashes have.

So yes, brushing with charcoal does work! My teeth are whiter and don’t look like I chug coffee all day long, which is a miracle because I do! Definitely give it a try if coffee stains on your teeth are becoming a problem!

Special thanks to Avistar for sending me their products to try for free!